UNESCO IITE at the TECH 2017 Conference

The Transforming Education Conference for Humanity (TECH 2017) took place in Visakhapatnam (India), the largest city and financial capital of Andhra Pradesh, from 16 to 18 December 2017. The three-day conference was organized by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) and supported by the Government of India. This event was devoted to digital pedagogies for building peaceful and sustainable societies, towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4.7. The core aim of TECH was to assist policy-makers to establish effective and systemic ICT in education policies by introducing them to the latest innovations in Education Technology and Pedagogy.

The main theme of TECH 2017 was “Digital Pedagogies for building peaceful and sustainable societies” and the list of participants included experts in the field of education technology: learners, school administrators, teachers, neuroscientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and many others. There were over 1,700 participants from 75 countries, including ministers of education and of information and communications technology, policy makers and experts from across the globe (in particular Asia-Pacific region countries).

As part of activities at TECH 2017, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE), together with MGIEP and ICHEI (International Centre for Higher Education Innovation, UNESCO Category 2 centre in Shenzhen, China), organized the session focusing on Innovation, Responsibilities and scaling-up ICT transforming education. The three UNESCO institutes brought educators and leading IT companies, such as Weidong Education Group in China and ABBYY in Russia, together to participate in inspiring discussions and sharing of experiences. Mr Anantha Duraiappah, Director of MGIEP, Mr Ming Li, Director of ICHEI, and Mr Tao Zhan, Director of IITE, were also among the speakers of the session.

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